Pittsburgh is on the verge of advancing to the next stage of the playoffs and all they need is a victory over the NY Islanders. After finishing on the eighth place in the Eastern conference, the New Yorkers put up quite a fight against the division leaders and will be scrambling to tie the score at the Coliseum.
Odds: William Hill 1.95
Sidney Crosby is finally in the rotation and despite skating with a broken jaw, he is every bit as good as his teammates expected him to be. The captain is fighting for his team to win the Stanley Cup, while trying to outshine competitors in the race for the NHL MVP competition. He is among the favorites, but the Islanders have a player of their own, with Tavares being the one who propelled the team to one of its rare playoffs berths.
All the games in the series were high-scoring ones with the Penguins winning twice by more than four goals and what’s more impressive is that they prevented the opponents from scoring. It is worth mentioning that both these victories happened in Pittsburgh while the Islanders proved to be a formidable opponent in New York. The score could’ve easily been 3-2 in their favor if the Penguins wouldn’t have scored a lucky goal in the overtime of the third game, so the hosts shouldn’t be discounted as eliminated.
Due to the fact that the Islanders were so competitive when enjoying home ice advantage, William Hill offers odds close to evens for a Pittsburgh victory. The New Yorkers played above expectations in the playoffs, but their lack of experience in decisive moments will prove fatal tonight when they are on the brink of elimination.